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Martha McSally: I Was Raped By a Superior Officer in the Air Force

McSally Shared the story during a committee hearing addressing the issue of sexual assault in the U.S. military.

By NTK Staff | 03.06.2019 @4:59pm
Martha McSally: I Was Raped By a Superior Officer in the Air Force

Sen. Marth McSally (R-AZ) revealed during a committee hearing Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted, perhaps more than once, while serving in the U.S Air Force by a superior officer.

McSally, a 26-year military veteran, had not previously disclosed this sexual assault but did so in prepared remarks during a Senate hearing on the military’s efforts to prevent sexual assault and improve the military’s response. She said she did not report the rape at the time “because she did not trust the system, and she said she was ashamed and confused,” according to the Associated Press.

McSally read from a prepared statement getting choked up at one point. She referred to “perpetrators” who had sexually assaulted her, an indication that she had been attacked more than once.

She did not say whether her assaults happened at the academy or during active duty. She didn’t name any names.

“I was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences was handled,” she said. “Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again.”

McSally’s revelation comes just weeks after her colleague, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), shared a story about how she was raped in college.

McSally was appointed to the Senate by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to fulfill the remainder of the late Sen. John McCain’s term. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) served in an interim capacity until the 116th Congress was sworn in. McSally lost a close race to now-Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2018.

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